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The section "Sequence" in the User category from the Configuration tab enables you to set up (initial) properties of timeline specific elements like the sequence itself, container, cues and others.
Choose a height (Standard (=small), Medium or Large) for the lines in the Sequence tab in which the Layer or Parameter information is shown. This setting can also be found in the Sequence Button Bar.
Sequence Initial Values
These properties are applied as soon as a new sequence is added to the project. For more information about these and other sequence settings see the Sequence Inspector.
- Overlapped Clips Resolution Mode
When a container is being copied (or dragged) to a time where another container already exists there is a conflict. With the options from the drop-down menu you can decide how this conflict should be resolved.
- Show warning with option to cancel: A pop-up warns about the container overlap. You can choose to cut the existing container or to cancel the action.
- Cancel operation: The action that would lead to the overlap will simply not be executed. This is the same result as choosing "Cancel" in the above mentioned pop-up.
- The existing container will be cut at the beginning and/ or end of the pasted container. This is the same result as choosing "Ok" in the above mentioned pop-up.
- Trim / Split adds Keys at Clip border
When you trim a container or split it, per default a new key is added at the new container end. Image, that you have a container with a value fade from 0 to 255. If you split the container in the middle, a key with value 125 is added to new clip borders. Uncheck this option if these keys should not be generated automatically.
- Warn when clip drag would lead to a change of layer type
Since version 5.5 containers can be dragged from one layer to another. When a container is dragged to a different layer type (that does not share the same parameters as the original layer) its borders turn red and a dialog pops up that warns you about the parameter key loss and needs to be confirmed. If you like to deactivate this additional dialog, untick this check box.
Clip Initial Values
- Clip Duration for duration-less Resources
Images, meshes and other resources do not have a duration like videos. However, if you drag them onto a device in the timeline, they create a container that needs to have a duration. Per default, this container is 10 seconds long. If you like to change this for all new containers, enter a new time. For 5 seconds you can enter "5:00" or simply "500".
- Lock to Time
- Loop Media in Clips
- Pre Roll
- Clip Color
Change the properties that should be applied as soon as a new clip / container is added to the timeline. For more information about these and other clip settings see the Clip Inspector and Clip Summary Inspector.
Audio Tracks of Pandoras Box include a new parameter "Waveform" that displays audio peaks. In case you like to align other content on Video or Graphic Layers as accurate as possible it is recommended to zoom in closely. Use the [+] key on the main keyboard or the Zoom-in icon in the Sequence Button Bar to do so. You can choose between two waveforms, a standard one with positive and negative peaks or a a rectified waveform with only positive peaks as depicted. You can find this setting in the Configuration tab > User > Sequence > Clip settings
- Snap Containers, Snap Cues
If you drag one or several containers or key frames in the Sequence tab, you will notice that they snap to cues and to the borders of other containers. Key frames can also snap to other key frames within the same container. Zooming in and out could help finding the required snap target faster. To disable snapping temporarily, you can hold the [Alt + Shift] keys whilst dragging. Uncheck the options "Snap Containers" or "Snap Cues" if you do not like to snap to these elements permanently.
- Auto-Increase Cue Number
When checked, the Cue Number will automatically increase when the next cue is created. When unchecked, all cues will be created with ID 0 and can be edited later on.
- Show Cue ID
Per default the ID from a cue is shown in front of its name. If you like to see the name only, untick this check box.
- Initial Values
Choose whether a newly created key should be a Play-key or another mode.
-- Wait Time
If you generate a Wait-key it has a default Wait time of 2 seconds. If you like to change this for all new Wait-keys, enter a new time. For 5 seconds you can enter "5:00" or simply "500".
This option is of interest when the line height (of a Parameter in the Sequence) is changed to "Medium" or "Large" as described at the top of this page. Right-clicking into a Parameter line creates a key with a certain value. As long as the "Restrict" option is ticked, this value is the default value, e.g. 255 for "Opacity" or 1 for "X Scale". In standard lines, all values are displayed at the same height but medium or large lines have more space and depict keys with a high value at their top border whilst lower values are placed further down. If you disable the "Restrict" option the initial key value is no longer the default value but accords to the Y-position of your click within the line borders.
Key Initial Values
- Generate Opacity Keys (in new Clips)
This takes place when a container is created:
- when saving active values
- dragging media files from the Project tab directly in the Sequence
- right-clicking in a parameter track to create a key
Choose with the drop-down menus whether you want to have automatically created Opacity and / or Volume keys in new containers. You can choose to have
- a single key for a constant value
- two keys for a fade in (the maximum value for the fade is either 100% or the active value
- two keys for a fade out
- four keys for a fade in and out
- no key at all
The Fade Time can be entered in the format H:MM:SS:FF or SFF, e.g. "100" equals 1 second